My Peak Challenge has given more than $4 million dollars to support amazing causes, including funding blood-cancer research, supporting end-of-life care, and helping to improve prevention of testicular cancer. In 2020, we are extremely proud to add protecting the environment to the list of causes we champion.
Environmental Defense Fund
EDF's mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems.
What distinguishes EDF is the combination of what we protect and how we protect it.
We work to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet. This has drawn us to areas that span the biosphere: climate, oceans, ecosystems and health. Since these topics are intertwined, our solutions take a multidisciplinary approach. We work in concert with other organizations — as well as with business, government and communities — and avoid duplicating work already being done effectively by others.
Since our founding by a small group of scientists in 1967, Environmental Defense Fund has been dedicated to building a world where people and nature prosper together. Scientific rigor and economic insights shape our solutions; partnerships and coalitions help refine and turn them into action. Working in 26 countries today, EDF’s 750 scientists, economists, attorneys and other associates — and our partners and allies around the world — bring unique perspectives to the quest. The combined power of these diverse perspectives creates new energy and new solutions.
When Dave and Hilda Eastwood lost their daughter Susan to leukemia in 1960, they were determined to spare other families the pain they had endured — so they started raising money to find a cure.
Bloodwise is their legacy.
The life-saving work the organization does directly affects people like Hugo:
Over the last 50 years, survival rates for childhood cancer have risen from 10 percent chance of survival to nearly 80 percent, and survival of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (among the most common forms of childhood blood cancer) has gone from an average of six months to an 85 percent overall cure rate.
This extraordinary turnaround is due in part to the tireless work of Bloodwise’s supporters, whose efforts have raised millions for blood cancer research over the last 50-plus years.
But despite the incredible advances that have been made, there is still much work to be done.
There are 137 different types of blood cancer affecting millions of people of every age, race, and gender across the globe.
Bloodwise is committed to realizing the Eastwoods' vision: ensuring everyone affected by blood cancer is able to live their life to the fullest.
Marie Curie is a UK-based organization dedicated to providing practical and emotional support, along with end-of-life care, to individuals diagnosed with a terminal illness.
The free in-home care that Marie Curie nurses provide for the terminally ill helps the terminally ill get the most out of the time they have left — and allows them to remain in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by their loved ones.
In addition, Marie Curie operates a network of nine hospices across the UK. These facilities offer those living with terminal illness and their loved ones the reassurance of specialist care and support in a friendly, welcoming environment.
Marie Curie is also a global leader in funding palliative-care and end-of-life-care research. The organization supports the work of three long-term palliative-care research facilities across the UK, and projects funded by Marie Curie examine what excellent care looks like for people with terminal illnesses.
Through gentle care and a personal touch, Marie Curie’s nurses support patients and their families every step of the way, bringing light in the darkest of hours.
Cahonas Scotland is a charity dedicated to raising awareness about testicular cancer. They're here to shout the benefits of education and self-checks!
Early detection means more effective treatment. Regular checks are important for every man you know. And every man needs to know what to look for.
You’ll find them doing our work at schools, colleges, community hubs and events. Cahonas Scotland wants to get everyone talking — and checking!
MPC Angel Program
An MPC Angel is someone who anonymously sponsors the membership of another Peaker.
It’s a concept that grew organically out of Peakers’ kindness and their desire to share the MPC2016 Prep Program with those who couldn’t afford it. More than 250 people were sponsored into the 2016 program by an Angel, the vast majority of whom were strangers.
That generosity of spirit has continued since 2016, with hundreds more Peakers joining the program through the kindness of other Peakers.